DONA Certified Birth Doula Training
Love birth? Love supporting others? Then maybe becoming a doula is just the thing for you!
In our DONA-approved workshop, you’ll gain the fundamentals of becoming a birth doula. Through discussion and hands-on activities, you will learn the skills and tools essential to provide support for birthing families from pregnancy, through labor and birth, and into the early postpartum time.
Topics covered include: Introduction to doula labor support; Importance of birth memories; Hormones of pregnancy, labor, and birth; Emotional support for birth; Communication skills, values, and cultural sensitivity as a doula; Physical support for birth; Doula’s role with interventions, Cesarean and VBAC; Doula’s role during immediate postpartum and with the newborn; Breastfeeding support; DONA certification process and membership; Prenatal and postpartum doula visits; Setting up your doula business and birth community involvement.
This workshop is open to anyone looking to gain more knowledge about supporting women during the childbearing years, including, but not limited to, educators, nurses, birth professionals, students, mamas, yoga instructors, and bodyworkers.
Required texts for workshop (available for purchase on-site at Enlightened Mama):
The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth, Fourth Edition (2013 or later) by Penny Simkin.
Those wishing to become a DONA-Certified Birth Doula will have additional certification requirements, which will be discussed during the workshop. These requirements are also described at dona.org.
2018 Doula Training Dates
Intro to Childbirth & Breastfeeding for Doulas (all courses in Saint Paul, MN)
DONA Birth Doula Training (all courses in Saint Paul, MN)
Specialty Doula Programs
DONA Birth Doula + Bodywork Training
Doula training + advanced training in one workshop!
Birth Professional Happy Hours
Always feeling like you need to:
A. Connect with your birth professional community?
B. Get advanced doula training or continuing education?
Then join us each month to do just that! Happy Hours are held the 3rd Friday of each month at the Minnesota Birth Center, St. Paul.
All proceeds go to the Enlightened Mama Doula Scholarship fund, to provide training to individuals in need, who plan to serve marginalized and underserved populations.
Check our calendar for a complete schedule of Birth Professional Happy Hour topics!
Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas
Our Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas meets the Childbirth Education portion of the certification requirements set forth by DONA. This course is offered the day prior to the Birth Doula Workshop, so you can get all your education done at once and start your journey as a doula!
Breastfeeding for Doulas
The Enlightened Mama Breastfeeding for Doulas course, taught by Liz Lull, IBCLC, satisfies the Breastfeeding education requirement for DONA certification for birth and postpartum doulas. This 4 hour course is offered the day prior to the Birth Doula Workshop and is essential, as you’ll learn the skills necessary to help families establish breastfeeding and gain confidence in supporting them through early days.